Space Weather and Europe, an Educational Tool with the Sun

Space weather is primarily an astronomical phenomenon due to the solar activity and cosmic rays but its study is by nature interdisciplinary and encompasses various fields of physics, engineering and human activities. Space weather showed already significant effects like failures in satellite navigation (GPS), in telecommunication, or spacecraft losses, electricity cut off, pipeline corrosion, radiation risks on aircraft passengers and electronics. It will increase the impacts on every day life - like for instance on applications of Galileo satellite navigation. Space weather effects on terrestrial weather like global warming are studied, on long-term climate change and on biological systems have been conjectured.

SWEETS will also demonstrate the beauty and significance of the Sun, solar activities, cosmic rays and space weather to Europe. The solar aspect of this phenomenon becomes known more and more to the public. However the other ones remain largely ignored despite of its great potential of interest for several scientific, commercial and public sectors all over Europe. Europe achieved significant capacities in the field of space weather as well as solar science and this will be presented in the public.

SWEETS project aims to promoting and raising public awareness by means of very attractive and high quality deliverables (like space weather mobile truck tour, web quiz, DVD, festivals & fair, rocket & balloon campaign and space weather TV movie) during science weeks and festivals in 27 countries all over Europe. The main space weather festival will take place during the European Science Week between 19 – 24 November 2007 at the Schwerin castle / House of Parliament in Germany.
SWEETS has 13 important elements

  1. The cooperations with the International Heliophysical Year (IHY), the European COST actions 724 and 296 on space weather and ionosphere ,
  2. on tour-mobile truck with space weather exhibition and a small fair,
  3. science festivals, talk shows and workshops,
  4. TV/internet streaming of main space weather festival/forum at Schwerin castle,
  5. video links to space weather telescopes in Australia, Japan and Germany,
  6. space weather and solar web quiz + visits of national space weather and solar institutes,
  7. rocket/balloon launch,
  8. space weather, solar activity, rocket/balloon launch and aurora movie production,
  9. first European space weather multimedia dance show,
  10. real time space weather storm display,
  11. production of mirror system for solar movie display,
  12. European wide media partnership and
  13. update of ESTW 2002/SWE project deliverables (update of space weather CD-Rom as DVD, also in 7 new languages), cosmic ray spark chamber , planetarium performance, usage and update of space weather exhibition panels, poster and flyers).